West College Scotland has some last minute availability for the following certificated classes! Classes are FREE to those in receipt of benefit or Working Tax Credits etc. To find out more about the courses, contact Kathleen on 07980 696139 – kathleen.brown@wcs.ac.uk.

Practical Fabric Skills – WCS Paisley Campus – Mondays 9.15am to 12.15pm.

Personal Development Sewing Class – WCS Paisley Campus – Mondays 12.45 to 3.45pm.

Administrative Activities – Delivered Online with a college lecturer via Microsoft Teams – Tuesdays 9.15am to 12.15pm (Learners must have reasonable IT skills)

Contemporary Families – Delivered online with a college lecturer via Microsoft Teams – Wednesdays 9.15am to 12.15pm (ONLY 2 PLACES LEFT – learners must have reasonable IT skills. PC and Internet support is available in WCS Paisley Campus classroom).

Exploring Wellbeing – Delivered online with a college lecturer via Microsoft Teams -Wednesdays 12.45 to 3.45pm.

Psychology – Delivered online with a college lecturer via Microsoft Teams – Fridays 12.45 to 3.45pm (4 PLACES LEFT – PC and Internet support available in WCS Paisley Campus classroom).

Congratulations go to West College Scotland’s HND Interior Architecture and HNC Graphic Design students that worked on a fantastic re-brand and refurbishment client project with Multan Tandoori in Paisley – Paisley’s oldest established Indian restaurant.

David Kandola, Owner of the 44-seater George Street restaurant got in touch with the College last year looking for some concept ideas for a face-lift for the popular curry haunt’s bar and restaurant areas.

After an initial consultation with the Graphic Design department, the project brief was to include logo redesign and typeface for all the branding in the restaurant. As the project gained momentum, the brief was expanded further to involve the HND Interior Design students to revamp the whole of the interior too. This included walls, floor, ceiling, tables, chairs and bar area.

David invited both the HN Graphics & HN Interior Design students into his restaurant for a site visit and to consult with him, he also visited the colleges Paisley campus to see progress. The next stage of the project entailed students presenting their (halfway stage) concepts to David in the restaurant. This was a great experience for students to gain feedback of their ideas to see if they were on the right track and received feedback from David whilst they were sitting in the premises.

Design Lecturer, Alison Quinn commented, ‘David’s passion for the project shone through from his initial meeting with the students. As the client, David provided valuable feedback to the students individually during the design process.  The great thing about Live Client Design Briefs is that they give the students real time experience and an opportunity to interact with the client directly.’

David said, ‘We’ve had our logo updated twice over the past 10 years, but we never considered an interior update other than wall colour palettes and table layouts. As the discussions went on, we were keen to see the dining area updated as well as the restaurant signage outside. We wanted to create a new dining area which is modern, cosy but yet have a personal touch to what the restaurant is about and that’s the love of Indian food.’

The final presentation was due to take place and prizes issued for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Sadly, we’ve not had the opportunity to pitch the final designs however, we’re looking forward to welcoming the students and David back onto campus in the new term. In the meantime, we’ve got some feedback from some of our students who were involved.

David commented, ‘The development of the student project came out extremely well, a lot of very unique outlooks and much variety. We’re looking forward to taking forward the winning designs and make them a reality – it’s the perfect way to showcase their achievements and show their hard work throughout this project.’

Curriculum & Quality Leader Billy Kinnear said,‘The Multan project has been a great success for our students and their client. The Art & Design department pride themselves on working on a high volume of ‘live client briefs’. This allows our students to engage with real industry and allows them to develop their skills and networking. They also have a chance to actively populate their CV, which is essential for their career.

It was a pleasure to work on this project on a large-scale with Multan, Graphic Design and Interior Design students. The standard of work was very high and they did themselves and the college proud.’

HNC Graphics Student: Sean Kelly

HND Interior Design Student: Abby Craig

Ronnel Caliwag: HND Interior Design

Andrew Eaglesham: HND Interior Design

Great news! West College Scotland has a new range of beginner courses launching this autumn at the Ferguslie Centre!

The Ferguslie Learning Centre provides certificated learning opportunities for adults who have little or no prior qualifications and delivers courses that increase employability skills and career opportunities.

The college would like you to know that they are continually working on how they can deliver their courses safely to community learners. When the College starts back in Autumn they envisage a ‘blended’ approach which may include online contact and socially distanced classes. They are in the early stages of planning and more information will be available soon.

To find out more about the courses highlighted, or to register your interest contact Kathleen on 07980 696139 -or email kathleen.brown@wcs.ac.uk

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Starting on 10 March for 4 weeks (Tuesday 9.30am-12pm) these fun motivational workshops will help you identify your skills and qualities. Learn about stress and well-being and help inspire you to take positive steps towards your future. Come along and see what change you can make happen for you!

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Contact Kathleen for more info 0141 842 1015 or email kathleen.brown@wcs.ac.uk

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Our Choose your Career Open Days across each of our main campuses will provide a showcase of our departments and support services.

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Come along To West College Scotland on Tuesday 25 February, and  find out more about our full-time, part-time and evening courses as well as apprenticeships, learning support and funding.

Staff and students will be on hand throughout the day to give information about our courses and career paths as well as assist with applications.

Our marketplace stalls will showcase demonstrations from our departments, and there will be an opportunity to have a tour of the campus facilities and see what being a student at WCS is all about!

The events will take place at the following dates & venues from 9am-3pm, 5-7.30pm:

TUESDAY 18 FEBRUARY – CLYDEBANK CAMPUS

THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY – GREENOCK FINNART ST CAMPUS

TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY – PAISLEY CAMPUS

EVENT INVITATION
West College Scotland: We Do Care
Tuesday 22 October, Abercorn Building, Paisley

17:00 hrs :Arrival, Registration and Exhibition
17:30 hrs – 19:00 hrs: Informative Presentations

 

West College Scotland is Scotland’s largest college provider of online learning. We offer a wide range of flexible childcare, health and social care courses which you can study in a way that suits you. You might be in a job and looking to improve your qualifications or you may want to study in your leisure time.
At this event we will help you to create tailored learning packages to match your needs – it’s your learning journey after all!

With online learning, training, part-time and full-time courses in childcare, health and social care we can support your journey from induction to registration in Care. For many courses no qualifications or experience are necessary.

Come along and hear from our Sector Experts, previous students and meet the Team who will tell you about our special offers, advise you about your study choices and assist you with enrolment.

Register here: http://bit.ly/33tvqDZ

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Start your learning experience today in a friendly supportive environment.

We’ve still places available at our Ferguslie Learning Centre!

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  • Preparing for Volunteering
  • Office Skills & Services
  • Getting Started in IT

Please contact Kathleen for further information.

E: kathleen.brown@wcs.ac.uk

T: 0141 842 1015

Open Doors at Renfrewshire. 8.9.18

Venues all over Renfrewshire are preparing to throw open their doors and invite people to delve deeper into their history.

Doors Open Days – Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment, old and new – takes place this weekend, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September.

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More than 50 buildings across Renfrewshire – many of which do not normally allow access to what’s going on behind the scenes – will welcome people of all ages, and share interesting stories on Renfrewshire’s history and heritage.

Activities will take place in Paisley, Renfrew, Linwood, Johnstone, Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan, Bridge of Weir, Houston, Erskine and Inchinnan.

New venues introduced across Renfrewshire this year include – Brediland Allotments, Grow in Glenburn, Fountain Gardens, PACE, Paisley Florist Society Gardening Club, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience, Wellmeadow Bowling Club, Renfrew Association of Growers & Gardeners, Renfrew Police office, Renfrew North Parish Church and Johnstone Credit Union.

A group of intrepid individuals will also be going underground on a tour of Paisley’s medieval Abbey Drain. Places on this year’s tour were decided by a ballot.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Doors Open Day nationally, with more than 1000 buildings set to open across the country.

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Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron will be visiting a few of the venues on Saturday.

Provost Cameron said: “Doors Open Days is a weekend full of learning and fun and it’s always great to see people of all ages taking part.

“To have more than 50 venues signed up to take part this year is fantastic, and I’m looking forward to hearing interesting stories about our history and heritage that will inform our future.

“Major events like this are great for the local economy as they get people out and about and spending money locally. I hope that people of all ages take time out this weekend to get involved.”

Doors Open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

Visitors are being encouraged to share their Doors Open Days photos on social media using  #DODSCOT

A full list of venues can be viewed online at https://paisley.is/featured_event/renfrewshire-doors-open-days/

For a look forward to what’s coming up across Renfrewshire visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or www.paisley.is

A local fostering agency is urging more families to become foster parents once their children leave the family home for university. 

With over 200,000 18-year olds from across the UK being offered a university place this year, Fosterplus, which provides fostering services in Paisley is looking for more parents to open up their hearts and homes to welcome children in need of care, support and love. 

The latest heart-breaking statistics from Ofsted show that 53,040 children were in care as of 31st March 2018, an increase of just over 1,000 compared to 2017 figures. This staggering number of children is enough to fill Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium. 

To support the growing number of young people entering care, it’s currently estimated that over 8,000 families are required to become foster parents.

Fostering is a professional and paid role that welcomes people from all walks of life, but those who have brought up their own children will already have the experience and life skills that are so sought after in foster carers. 

Service Manager, Katie Broatch, commented; “As children grow up and move on to new adventures, it’s not rare to see parents going through what’s known as Empty Nesters Syndrome where they can experience feelings of grief and loneliness.” 

She continued; “While not a clinical condition, research has shown that it can result in depression and a loss of purpose. Instead of focusing on these negative feelings, we want parents to reflect on their life’s purpose and make them aware of how valuable they could be to a foster child.

“As they enter this new stage in life where children are leaving home, they’ll be in the perfect position to welcome a new child as their home will already be set up accommodatingly. Not only this but as they have cared for their own child, they’ll have built up so much experience and care, making them invaluable to a child in need.”

 

Fosterplus is an independent fostering agency whose aim as a fostering provider is to ensure that those in their care lead happy, stable, active childhoods – childhoods that provide the foundations for fulfilled and productive adulthoods.

If you would like to find out more about fostering, call the friendly team on 0800 369 8512 or visit https://www.fosterplus.co.uk/.

Doors Open Days 2019

From medieval underground structures and buildings steeped in history, to allotments, fire stations and music schools, there will be plenty to celebrate about Renfrewshire at Doors Open Days (link is to 2012 photos enjoy) 2019.

Doors Open Days 2019

On Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September, venues all over Renfrewshire – many of which do not normally allow access to what’s going on behind the scenes – will throw open their doors and invite people to delve deeper into their history.

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment, old and new. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Doors Open Day nationally, with more than 1000 buildings set to open across the country.

This year in Renfrewshire, more than 50 venues will welcome people of all ages across the weekend.

Many of the old Doors Open Days favourites – including Sma’ Shot Cottages and Paisley Abbey – are getting involved again this year, and a few new venues have stepped up to share their stories.

There will also be the opportunity to see inside Paisley’s medieval Abbey Drain. Look out for more detail on that in the coming weeks.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron is encouraging people of all ages to get involved across the weekend.

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Provost Cameron said: “We’re so lucky here in Renfrewshire to have such a fantastic array of beautiful, historic buildings, but we don’t often get the chance to see what goes on behind the scenes.

“Doors Open Days is a great opportunity for people of all ages to find out more about these buildings and to hear stories about our culture and heritage which will help inform our future.

“Venues have organised a brilliant range of activities across the weekend and learning will definitely be fun.

“Major events like this are great for the local economy as they get people out and about and spending money with local traders.

“We should be very proud of our history and heritage here in Renfrewshire and I hope that people of all ages take time out to get involved.”

Activities will be taking place in Paisley, Renfrew, Linwood, Johnstone, Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan, Bridge of Weir, Houston, Erskine and Inchinnan.

Doors Open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

A full list of venues can be viewed online at www.paisley.is

For a look forward to what’s coming up across Renfrewshire visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or www.paisley.is